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Kaiser Permanente Patient Care Technician in Tacoma, Washington

The Patient Care

Technician (PCT) working in the ASC works under the direction and supervision

of the Charge Nurse and other licensed staff, supporting the delivery of quality

care for patients undergoing outpatient or ambulatory surgery. Assists in maintaining a clean, safe

workplace. Anticipates staff and patient

needs and takes initiative to meet their needs.

Assists, as delegated, in the delivery of nursing and nursing-related

activities. Performs other duties as

assigned. Demonstrates excellent

communication skills. Provides patient

care in a safe, comfortable, private environment. Demonstrates responsibility and

accountability for practice, continued growth, and self evaluation.

An unlicensed caregiver who maintains a safe and clean environment for patients and Health Care team members. Transport patients with proper technique. Transport equipment, supplies and specimens. Provide environmental sanitation as required.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assists in preparation of the unit, patient rooms, and beds for receiving patient admission, returning surgical patients, transfers, emergencies, or discharges. Provides hygiene care, which includes providing or assisting in bed baths, oral hygiene, hair care and shampoo, back care and rubs, perineal care, dressing patient, and changing bed linen.

  • Prepares patients for meals, serves and removes food trays, and assists with meal or feeds patients. Distributes water and nourishment to patients. Performs other duties as assigned by the RN as patient care needs change. Orients patients and significant others to call lights, bed controls, side rail usage, bathrooms phones, TV waiting areas, and visiting hours. Assists and accompanies patient and their belongings (including personal property) in the admission, transfer, and discharge process. Answers patient call lights, anticipates patient care needs, and makes rounds to assigned patients on an ongoing basis. Communicates with patients in a courteous and helpful manner. Establishes and maintains communicates with the health care team. Performs data collection and documentation of TPR, BP, wt, ht, I/O, activity, diet, and hygiene in an ongoing, timely, accurate, and concise manner.

  • Demonstrates the use of good body mechanics and provides for patient safety when transferring, ambulating, turning, lifting, and positioning patients. Acts appropriately in emergency situations. Performs routine treatments and patient care duties listed on the skills inventory form and under the direct supervision of the RN.

  • Identifies and reports changes in the patient's condition to the RN within an appropriate time frame. Maintains verbal and written information in a confidential manner. Assists in straightening patient rooms, cleaning overbed tables and bedside stands, keeping patient care areas clean at end of each shift. Collects and transports specimens for delivery to appropriate departments per hospital standards.

  • Completes work order for equipment that is out of service and leaves copy in the appropriate designated place/unit for follow up. Adheres to Infection Control Policy including but not limited to: a) demonstrates body substance precautions by wearing gloves and other protective attire to avoid body substance contact when appropriate; b) adheres to the KFHPW hand washing policy; c) complies with the proper handling of waste; d) maintains a clean work area. Provides postmortem care under the direction of the RN. Demonstrates initiative and responsibility for improving skills and expanding knowledge through continuing education or on the job learning experience. Consistently demonstrates an appearance consistent with current KFHPW dress code policy.

Basic Qualifications:

Experience

  • Minimum one (1) year of acute care or extended care.

  • Per the National Agreement, current KP Coalition employees have this experience requirement waived.

Education

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Registration for nursing assistant by time of hire/transfer.

  • BLS (Basic Life Support) certification.

Additional Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of medical terminology.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated basic technical nursing skills.

  • Nursing student experience will be evaluated on an individual basis.

  • Able to lift 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of hospital experience.

  • Graduate of formal nursing assistant training program OR equivalent experience.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

COMPANY: KAISER

TITLE: Patient Care Technician

LOCATION: Tacoma, Washington

REQNUMBER: 914851

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

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